I fly that plane called the Angel Flight. Got a hero riding with us tonight . It don’t matter where we touch down. On the Angel Flight it’s sacred ground. -Angel Flight
“Angel Flight” was inspired by the “Red River 44” and pays tribute to the pilots of all Angel Flights, who bring their fallen brethren home to their final resting place.
The Album “REVIVAL” and the single, “ANGEL FLIGHT”
Radney Foster started his career as a songwriter, then found commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd, and finally embarked on a solo career in 1991 that centered on his literate approach to country songwriting.
With the fact-based album, “Revival,” the Texas native has proven he’s also one of the most emotional singers. The single, “Angel Flight”, is perhaps the central piece in “Revival.” Nevertheless, it’s by no means the lone quality tune on a CD where all of the songs are true. It is a vintage version of Foster’s ability to merge gospel, rock, blues, and country with perhaps the most literate songwriting in any genre.
Angel Flight, was co-written by Foster and fellow Texan Darden Smith. Darius Rucker lends his distinctive harmony on this moving tribute to the US pilots who fly their fallen brethren home to their final resting places from combat zones. Smith started writing the song after talking to a pilot of the Texas Air National Guard who mentioned he flew the “Angel Flight.” Further, Smith asked Radney to finish the song with him. The pair is donating proceeds from the song to a charity that provides assistance to military families of the Fallen.
At that stage, “Revival” was essentially complete. Smith sent a heavily orchestrated version to Foster, who opted to remove almost all the other instruments. Then it resulted in a bare-bones, gut-wrenching, emotional song. A song with poignant but not syrupy lyrics came into place. The kind of song at which Foster excels.
“And that was my hope,” he admitted. “I wanted you to feel that sense of the last verse: ‘The cockpit’s quiet and the stars are bright. Feels kind of church like here tonight.’ And I wanted that feeling through the whole song.”
The music video was filmed at Hensley Field and Redmond Taylor Army Heliport, both in Grand Prairie, Texas; Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base; and in the cockpit of a C-130 transport plane used for the missions called angel flights.
From the title track, which has the ring of a Texas tent revival, to the homage to his late father that is “I Know You Can Hear Me,” to the sweet surrender of a father whose curses turn to prayer when his 2-year-old son is lying in a hospital room, “Revival” Album captures the raw honesty in Foster’s heart.
Can we get an amen?
Fast Track on Foster
Foster started as a young musician straight out of Texas. He spent the long drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden, terrifying illness – Foster definitely has a story to tell.
Foster is an artist and songwriter. He penned over a dozen Top 10 country hits, including Colin Raye’s “Anyone Else,” Keith Urban’s “Raining on Sunday,” and Sara Evans’ “A Real Fine Place to Start.” However, he recently had the revelation that songwriting at its most basic is simply storytelling. Therefore, he decided to delve into writing fiction for Sycamore Creek, a book of short fiction.
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